Grateful Dead Live at San Francisco Civic Center on 1984-12-31
- Charlie Miller
- Grateful Dead
- DeadLists Project
New Minglewood Blues
Jack Straw ->
Hell In A Bucket ->
Don't Ease Me In
Sugar Magnolia ->
Scarlet Begonias ->
Fire On The Mountain
Man Smart (Woman Smarter) ->
The Wheel ->
Throwing Stones ->
Turn On Your Lovelight
Gimme Some Lovin' ->
Uncle John's Band
Around And Around ->
It's All Over Now, Baby Blue
-- Seamless transition between discs 2 and 3.
-- Reel flips in Bird song and Drums patched with FM source pulled from LMA.
-- Cool Edit Pro used to make minor level adjustments.
-- I removed all DJ chatter that wasn't over the music.
- Dat (Sony R500) -> SEK'D Prodif Plus -> Samplitude Professional v8.01 -> Cool Edit Pro v2.0 -> FLAC
- San Francisco, CA
- Run time
- Transferred by
- Charlie Miller
Subject: One of my first tapes
I first started collecting tapes in late 84. I was broke so my collection grew slow. This show was one of my first tapes - it was a radio broadcast so it circulated quick. From the day I got it all the way thru Spring and Summer 85, I listened to it every day. Prior to this tape, I had never heard Bucket, Throwing Stones, or WmnRSmarter.
Best Shakedown ever? It's an excellent candidate and probably gets my vote.
Subject: Saw it on TV?
i think birdsong might be about Janis Joplin
Subject: The last really good New Year's show!
Subject: Top Ten for 1984 !!
You've heard terrible things about this year and so you're expecting a very sloppy, uninspired performance.
Ha ha, and again I say, - ha.
"Pal, get to know her, you'll like her".
It's an unfortunate fact that during the 1980's, the New Year's Eve show was NOT necessarily one of their better shows. Very often, the 12/28 or 12/30 show will be far superior.
This is not the case here, however. Everything is in abundance. All the ingredients for a magical show. Great song list, Jerry is in command from the first song, Brent is in fine form. Phil and the drummers are in the Primal Groove.
As I've said before, there are a handful of songs that I think really reached new heights of expression in 1984, and Shakedown is one of them.
And so obviously so here tonight. 17 thrill-packed minutes of pure ShakeFunk as the band begins to channel the late James Brown.
And Jerry's solo?? A man possessed, a man that plays like he's the happiest guy in the world. He soars, he stretches, he growls, he takes you down to the basement of funk.
(Wow, I'm still on the first song. I'd better move on to the rest of the show). Baked and batter fried with onions.
Setlists are a big factor for me in deciding on a top show. Look at this one. Except for Bucket and Throwing Stones, this could easily be a 1979 show. No bad Brent songs, no cowboy songs, and no Day Job. Except for Shakedown, it could be a 1977 show!!
Peggy-O is sweet and poignant, with a good vocal by Jerry. And with each song they just build on the vibe and gain momentum. Jack Straw into Bird Song at mid-set is a happy surprise, and the crowd responds in kind. Phil and the drummers keep Jack Straw at a freight train pace, and Jerry delivers the goods on a solo with plenty of teeth - listen to the crowd yell at exactly 4:20 into Jack Straw, I'm not making that up!!
Okay, you can talk about your 1972 and 1973 Bird Songs, and I'll heartily agree. But again, it seems as if Bird Song began a new life in 1980 with the acoustic versions, and then from 1981 to 1983 and 1984 just reached a whole new plateau. In 1972, Jerry is singing about a woman that perhaps he is still in love with. In 1984, with his appropriate amount of croak, he sings it as a man who was in love with a woman long ago, and brings a whole new complexity to the song, both in verse and in his soloing. This Bird is a real Phil fest too. his playing is superb.
Okay, where am I?? Hell in a Bucket is like a strong cup of coffee to bring you back to being in three dimensions. Jerry's solo is a triple shot of espresso, scorching! The first set is everything you want, a bolt of energy that leaves you wanting more, even if a bit short.
Sugar Mag is a bit frazzled with the crowd noise and balloons, but soon they settle into a 12 minute Scarlet that is at the perfect reggae-funk tempo for some serious jamming. Jerry floats on the air, singing high, mostly avoiding the wah pedal. A mellow jam ensues before they launch into Fire.
I'm not sure which guitar Jerry was using here, but all I can say is that often in the 80's Jerry's sound had too much of a metallic quality. Here you get more of a "wood" sound, earthy even with the wah effect. The drummers and Jerry just build off of each other near the end with fast flourishes and power chords - and look out - at 11:12 Phil drops the Bomb and the whole jam goes insane!! If you're not dancing by now, check your ass - the batteries may be dead.
A Terrapin would have been nice next, but I suppose Woman Smarter is the logical choice. Jerry does the Twang big time.
Even though many of the mid-80's shows were sub-par playing wise, ironically you could almost always count on Space to be extra special weird. Some folks don't go in for Space, I know. But if you're permanently brain damaged like me, you really get into them. This one is great indeed.
Beginning with a sort of atonal Oriental theme, the drummers enter with marimba type sounds and then the Beam and Gong show. If you've got a careful ear, you can hear Jerry and Bob playing around with the Spanish Jam modes and riffs early on, and definitely by 8:30 in Space, before officially launching into it. A nice, mellow Space that floats you into Meltyness. Garcia's finger runs in the Spanish Jam just sparkle, his fuzzed out long soaring lines eat the paint off your walls. Suddenly, after another mellow interlude we land in the Wheel. Phil really fills out the bottom here.
The Dead prove they still have plenty of post Drums energy, and deliver a hot Stones, Lovelight and Good Lovin. More Phil bombs during the latter. And then a surprise Uncle John's really brings the house down. This is an "old style" UJB in my opinion, with full harmonies, and the band jumps into the minor mode jam with full gusto, just like 1972, or even 1970.
Definitely one of the better New Year's shows of this period, and well worth adding to your collection. 1984, try it, you'll like it!
Dr. Flashback :-)
Subject: so where's the beef? - Oh, here it is, now.
Edit: Now I can stream it and it sounds great, for the most part. The Shakedown is a keeper as is the Scarlet->Fire. Weird vibes in air that run and Jerry's busted a couple weeks later in GG Park. (another) beginning of the end?
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